Iran’s top human rights official on Thursday slammed the United States for failing to honor its promises to close down Guantanamo Bay detention camp, 20 years after the infamous prison was established in Cuba.

“January 11 marked 20 years since the opening of Guantanamo Bay, the notorious US prison, (in) which detainees are held extra judicially. Promises were made to close the facility, but there are still expansion plans to be built this year,” Kazem Gharibabadi, the Iranian Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, said in a tweet.

“There is no perspective on closing the facility. Even military spending bill entails provisions barring the use of funds to transfer detainees to other countries or into the US unless certain conditions are met,” Gharibabadi noted.

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a symbol of U.S. torture and abuse of prisoners, marked on Tuesday the 20th anniversary of the first prisoners’ arrival, amid renewed calls for its shutdown and U.S. reflection on the country’s terrible human rights record.

Source: XinhuaNet

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